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slack 1

 (slăk)
adj. slack·er, slack·est
1. Not tense or taut; loose: a slack rope; slack muscles. See Synonyms at loose.
2.
a. Lacking in activity; not busy: a slack season for the travel business.
b. Moving slowly; sluggish: a slack pace.
3. Lacking in diligence or due care or concern; negligent: a slack worker. See Synonyms at negligent.
4. Flowing or blowing with little speed: a slack current; slack winds.
5. Linguistics Pronounced with the muscles of the tongue and jaw relatively relaxed; lax.
v. slacked, slack·ing, slacks
v.tr.
1.
a. To make looser or less taut: slacked the sail.
b. To make slower: slacked our pace.
2. To be careless or remiss in doing: slack one's duty.
3. To slake (lime).
v.intr.
1. To be or become slack.
2. To be inactive or avoid work: slacked around the house all day.
n.
1. A loose part, as of a rope or sail: hauled in the slack.
2. A period of little activity; a lull: a slack in business.
3.
a. A cessation of movement in a current of air or water.
b. An area of still water.
4. Unused capacity: still some slack in the economy.
5. slacks Casual pants that are not part of a suit.
adv.
In a slack manner: a banner hanging slack.
Phrasal Verb:
slack off
1. To decrease in activity or intensity.
2. To work less intensely than is required or expected: slacked off at work and started surfing the Internet.
Idiom:
cut/give (someone) some slack
Slang To make an allowance for (someone), as in allowing more time to finish something.

[Middle English slak, from Old English slæc; see slēg- in Indo-European roots.]

slack′ly adv.
slack′ness n.

slack 2

 (slăk)
n.
A mixture of coal fragments, coal dust, and dirt that remains after screening coal.

[Middle English sleck.]

slack 3

 (slăk)
n. Chiefly British
1. A small dell or hollow.
2. A bog; a morass.

[Middle English slak, from Old Norse slakki.]

slack

(slæk)
adj
1. not tight, tense, or taut
2. negligent or careless
3. (esp of water, etc) moving slowly
4. (of trade, etc) not busy
5. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics another term for lax4
adv
in a slack manner
n
6. a part of a rope, etc, that is slack: take in the slack.
7. a period of decreased activity
8. (Physical Geography)
a. a patch of water without current
b. a slackening of a current
9. (Poetry) prosody (in sprung rhythm) the unstressed syllable or syllables
vb
10. to neglect (one's duty, etc)
11. (often foll by off) to loosen; to make slack
12. (Chemistry) chem a less common word for slake3
[Old English slæc, sleac; related to Old High German slah, Old Norse slākr bad, Latin laxus lax]
ˈslackly adv
ˈslackness n

slack

(slæk)
n
(Minerals) small pieces of coal with a high ash content
[C15: probably from Middle Low German slecke; related to Dutch slak, German Schlacke dross]

slack1

(slæk)

adj. slack•er, slack•est,
adv., n., v. adj.
1. not tight, taut, firm, or tense; loose: a slack rope.
2. negligent; careless; remiss.
3. slow, sluggish, or indolent: slack in answering letters.
4. not active or busy; dull; not brisk: the slack season in an industry.
5. moving very slowly, as the tide, wind, or water.
6. weak; lax.
adv.
7. in a slack manner.
n.
8. a slack condition or part.
9. the part of a rope, sail, or the like, that hangs loose, without strain upon it.
10. a decrease in activity, as in business or work.
11. a period of decreased activity.
12. a cessation in a strong flow, as of a current.
v.t.
13. to be remiss in respect to (some matter, duty, right, etc.); shirk; leave undone.
14. to make or allow to become less active, vigorous, intense, etc.; relax (efforts, labor, speed, etc.) (often fol. by up).
15. to make loose, or less tense or taut, as a rope; loosen (often fol. by off or out).
v.i.
16. to be remiss; shirk one's duty or part.
17. to become less active, vigorous, rapid, etc. (often fol. by up or off).
18. to become less tense or taut, as a rope; ease off.
[before 900; Middle English slac (adj.), Old English sleac, slæc, c. Old Saxon slak, Old High German slach, Old Norse slakr; akin to Latin laxus lax]
slack′ly, adv.
slack′ness, n.

slack3

(slæk)

n.
the fine screenings of coal.
[1400–50; late Middle English sleck]

slack


Past participle: slacked
Gerund: slacking

Imperative
slack
slack
Present
I slack
you slack
he/she/it slacks
we slack
you slack
they slack
Preterite
I slacked
you slacked
he/she/it slacked
we slacked
you slacked
they slacked
Present Continuous
I am slacking
you are slacking
he/she/it is slacking
we are slacking
you are slacking
they are slacking
Present Perfect
I have slacked
you have slacked
he/she/it has slacked
we have slacked
you have slacked
they have slacked
Past Continuous
I was slacking
you were slacking
he/she/it was slacking
we were slacking
you were slacking
they were slacking
Past Perfect
I had slacked
you had slacked
he/she/it had slacked
we had slacked
you had slacked
they had slacked
Future
I will slack
you will slack
he/she/it will slack
we will slack
you will slack
they will slack
Future Perfect
I will have slacked
you will have slacked
he/she/it will have slacked
we will have slacked
you will have slacked
they will have slacked
Future Continuous
I will be slacking
you will be slacking
he/she/it will be slacking
we will be slacking
you will be slacking
they will be slacking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been slacking
you have been slacking
he/she/it has been slacking
we have been slacking
you have been slacking
they have been slacking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been slacking
you will have been slacking
he/she/it will have been slacking
we will have been slacking
you will have been slacking
they will have been slacking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been slacking
you had been slacking
he/she/it had been slacking
we had been slacking
you had been slacking
they had been slacking
Conditional
I would slack
you would slack
he/she/it would slack
we would slack
you would slack
they would slack
Past Conditional
I would have slacked
you would have slacked
he/she/it would have slacked
we would have slacked
you would have slacked
they would have slacked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.slack - dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve
debris, detritus, junk, rubble, dust - the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
2.slack - a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality; "the team went into a slump"; "a gradual slack in output"; "a drop-off in attendance"; "a falloff in quality"
decline in quality, worsening, declension, deterioration - process of changing to an inferior state
3.slack - a stretch of water without current or movement; "suddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless"
stretch - a large and unbroken expanse or distance; "a stretch of highway"; "a stretch of clear water"
4.slack - a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfootslack - a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
bog, peat bog - wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation; has poorer drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation but can be cut and dried and used for fuel
5.slack - the quality of being loose (not taut); "he hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope"
looseness, play - movement or space for movement; "there was too much play in the steering wheel"
6.slack - a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely; "he took up the slack"
cord - a line made of twisted fibers or threads; "the bundle was tied with a cord"
Verb1.slack - avoid responsibilities and work, be idle
fiddle, shirk, shrink from, goldbrick - avoid (one's assigned duties); "The derelict soldier shirked his duties"
2.slack - be inattentive to, or neglect; "He slacks his attention"
neglect - fail to attend to; "he neglects his children"
3.slack - release tension on; "slack the rope"
loosen, loose - make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope"
4.slack - make less active or fast; "He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now"
minify, decrease, lessen - make smaller; "He decreased his staff"
5.slack - become slow or slower; "Production slowed"
weaken - become weaker; "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"
6.slack - make less active or intense
minify, decrease, lessen - make smaller; "He decreased his staff"
7.slack - become less in amount or intensityslack - become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"; "The rain let up after a few hours"
decrease, diminish, lessen, fall - decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"
8.slack - cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water; "slack lime"
hydrate - cause to be hydrated; add water or moisture to; "hydrate your skin"
air-slake - alter by exposure to air with conversion at least in part to a carbonate; "air-slake lime"
Adj.1.slack - not tense or taut; "the old man's skin hung loose and grey"; "slack and wrinkled skin"; "slack sails"; "a slack rope"
lax - lacking in strength or firmness or resilience; "a lax rope"; "a limp handshake"
2.slack - flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide; "slack water"
standing - (of fluids) not moving or flowing; "mosquitoes breed in standing water"
3.slack - lacking in rigor or strictness; "such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable"; "lax in attending classes"; "slack in maintaining discipline"
negligent - characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern; "negligent parents"; "negligent of detail"; "negligent in his correspondence"

slack

adjective
1. limp, relaxed, loose, lax, flaccid, not tight, not taut The electronic pads work slack muscles to astounding effect.
2. loose, hanging, flapping, baggy The wind had gone, leaving the sails slack.
loose stretched, tight, strained, stiff, rigid, taut, inflexible
3. slow, quiet, inactive, dull, sluggish, slow-moving busy times and slack periods
slow active, busy, hectic, bustling, fast-moving
4. negligent, lazy, lax, idle, easy-going, inactive, tardy, slapdash, neglectful, slipshod, inattentive, remiss, asleep on the job (informal) Many publishers have simply become far too slack.
negligent strict, exacting, meticulous, hard, concerned, hard-working, stern, diligent
verb
1. shirk, idle, relax, flag, neglect, dodge, skive (Brit. slang), bob off (Brit. slang), bludge (Austral. & N.Z. informal) He had never let a foreman see him slacking.
noun
1. surplus, excess, overflow, leftover, glut, surfeit, overabundance, superabundance, superfluity Buying-to-let could stimulate the housing market by reducing the slack.
2. room, excess, leeway, give (informal), play, looseness He cranked in the slack, and the ship was moored.
verb
1. idle, waste time, take it easy, be lazy, doss (Brit. slang), lounge about, bunk off (informal) If someone slacks, he comes down hard on them.

slack

adjective
1. Characterized by reduced economic activity:
2. Not tautly bound, held, or fastened:
3. Guilty of neglect; lacking due care or concern:
verb
1. To reduce in tension, pressure, or rigidity:
2. To avoid the fulfillment of:
Idiom: let slide.
phrasal verb
slack off
To become or cause to become less active or intense:
abate, bate, die (away, down, off, or out), ease (off or up), ebb, fall, fall off, lapse, let up, moderate, remit, slacken, subside, wane.
Translations
راكِدرَخْوغَيْر مُحْكَم الشَّدمُتَراخٍمُتْوَان
volnýnedbalýuvolněnýváznoucí
slapsløvstilleløs
löysä
mlohav
lazameglazult
dauîur, í lægîkærulausslakurslakur, ekki hertur
緩い
느슨한
atpalaidavimaslaisvos kelnėsliautis plėšiusisneatidusneįtemptas
bez rosībasbezatbildīgsklussnenostieptsnenostiprināts
viaznuci
ohlapenzanikrn
slapp
หย่อน
lỏng

slack

[slæk]
A. ADJ (slacker (compar) (slackest (superl)))
1. (= not tight or firm) → flojo
2. (= lax) → descuidado, negligente; (= lazy) → perezoso, vago, flojo
to be slack about one's workdesatender su trabajo, ser negligente en su trabajo
to be slack about or in doing sthdejar de hacer algo por desidia
3. (Comm) [market] → flojo, encalmado; [period] → de inactividad; [season] → muerto
business is slackhay poco movimiento or poca actividad en el negocio
demand was slackhubo poca demanda
B. N
1. (= part of rope etc) → comba f
to take up the slacktensar una cuerda
to take up the slack in the economyutilizar toda la capacidad productiva de la economía
2. (= coal) → cisco m
3. (Comm) (= period) → período m de inactividad; (= season) → estación f muerta
see also slacks
C. VIgandulear, holgazanear
he's been slackingha sido muy gandul
D. VT = slacken A
slack off VI + ADV & VT + ADV = slacken off

slack

[ˈslæk]
adj
(loose) [rope, cable] → lâche; [muscles] → relâché(e)
to go slack [rope] → se détendre
The boy's jaw went slack → Le garçon en resta bouche bée.
(= slow) [trading] → stagnant(e); [market] → peu actif/ive; [demand] → faible; [period, season] → creux/euse; [business]
Business is slack → Les affaires sont calmes.
(= careless) → qui fait preuve de laisser-aller
to get slack → se relâcher
Security has got a bit slack → La sécurité s'est un peu relâchée.
n
(in rope)mou m
There isn't enough slack in the rope → Il n'y a pas assez de mou dans la corde.
The slack in the rope was taken up
BUT La corde se tendit.
to take up the slack (fig)s'emparer du créneau
vi [worker] → se relâcher (dans son travail)
slack off
vi [worker] → se relâcher (dans son travail)

slack

adj (+er)
(= not tight)locker
(= lazy)bequem, träge; studentverbummelt; (= negligent)nachlässig, schlampig (inf); they are very slack in renewing contractsdas Erneuern der Verträge wird sehr nachlässig gehandhabt; to be slack in one’s workin Bezug auf seine Arbeit nachlässig sein
(= not busy) (Comm) marketflau; period, seasonruhig; business is slackdas Geschäft geht schlecht
(= slow) waterträge; windflau
n
(of rope etc)durchhängendes Teil (des Seils/Segels etc), Lose(s) nt (spec); to take up the slack (on a rope/sail)ein Seil/Segel straffen or spannen; there is too much slackdas Seil/Segel hängt zu sehr durch; to cut somebody some slack (fig inf)mit jdm nachsichtig sein
(= coal)Grus m
vibummeln

slack

[slæk]
1. adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl)))
a. (not tight, rope, knot) → lento/a, allentato/a; (grip) → debole
b. (lax, work) → trascurato/a; (student, worker) → negligente; (lazy) → pigro/a, fiacco/a
to be slack about one's work → essere negligente nel proprio lavoro
to grow slack → lasciarsi andare
c. (Comm) (market) → stagnante; (demand) → scarso/a; (period) → morto/a
business is slack → si fanno pochi affari
the slack season → la bassa stagione
2. n
a. (part of rope) to take up the slack in a ropetendere una corda
b. (coal dust) → polvere f di carbone
see also slacks
3. vi (fam) → fare il/la lavativo/a
4. vt (Naut) (sail) → lascare
slack off vi + adv (fam) (activity) → ridursi, calare

slack

(slӕk) adjective
1. loose; not firmly stretched. Leave the rope slack.
2. not firmly in position. He tightened a few slack screws.
3. not strict; careless. He is very slack about getting things done.
4. in industry etc, not busy; inactive. Business has been rather slack lately.
ˈslacken verb
(sometimes with off or up).
1. to make or become looser. She felt his grip on her arm slacken.
2. to make or become less busy, less active or less fast. The doctor told him to slacken up if he wanted to avoid a heart-attack.
ˈslackly adverb
ˈslackness noun
slacks noun plural
trousers, usually loose-fitting, worn informally by men or women. a pair of slacks.

slack

مُتْوَان volný slap locker μπόσικος flojo löysä détendu mlohav lento 緩い 느슨한 slap slakk ospały frouxo провисший slapp หย่อน gevşek lỏng 松弛的
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